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We are living through the age of technology. Statistics show that the average person checks their phone or smart device on average of 150 times a day. It has entirely changed the way we live our lives. Through our devices, we can shop, we can speak with family and friends all over the world and we can access information all through the tap of a screen or the click of a few buttons.
“We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.”A quote adopted by many to sum up the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying restrictions neatly describes the fact that this has not been felt equally. Since March, emergency legislation has been introduced on a huge scale with the primary aim of protecting lives and the NHS. As the months have gone on there has been greater discussion of the need to balance the response in a way which better protects jobs and education, and which prevents unnecessary social harm. The restrictions are an obvious interference with the rights and freedoms we enjoy in normal times and the effects of this interference are particularly acute to certain groups. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published a report on 20 October which looks at this and highlights some particular areas of concern.
Scotland continues to see a rise in drug related deaths. In 2018, the death toll rose by a staggering 27 percent to a figure of 1,187. We now have the unenviable title of having the worst drug fatality rate per capita in Europe. Scotland is second in the World, behind only the USA which is in the grips of a Fentanyl epidemic. Not only are the number of deaths rising, those who inject drugs in Glasgow are now estimated to have a 1 in 5 chance of having HIV.
Recently it was announced that five of Scotland’s industry bodies are raising legal action against the Scottish Government following news that recent increased COVID-19 related restrictions on licenced trade, which were due to end on Monday (26th October), will now be extended.
It has been a politically turbulent few months for the United States of America in the lead up to the presidential election. We have already witnessed many twists and turns which are almost certainly set to continue.
When the ongoing Grenfell Inquiry was last covered as part of Thompsons’ blog series back in February 2020 (The Grenfell Tower Inquiry: who will take responsibility?), Phase 2 hearings had only recently begun. The Phase 1 report had been published in October 2019 and contained a description of the events of 14th June 2017, including a detailed account of that night, conclusions regarding how the fire broke out, and the actions of emergency responders.
The call has been put out for volunteers aged 18-30 to take part in Government backed human challenge trials (HCT) in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. There is a four stage process to assess whether a drug can be considered for licence. A challenge trial involves giving a number of volunteers a vaccine and then purposely exposing them to the virus in a controlled environment to assess how effective the vaccine is. Success with a trial of this nature would lead to bypassing the normal Stage III in the research process, which in turn would lead to a vaccine being licenced more quickly. There are ethical considerations that people should consider and be aware of before they make the decision to take part.
Recently the Home Secretary Priti Patel used her platform at the Conservative Party Conference to criticise (you could go so far as to say attack) those within the legal profession who defend migrants.